Threats on windows 2003


Kindly explain whats the possible areas through which mine windows 2003 server security gets compromised on remote as well as on local network.

Early response will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Tim HolmanCommented:
It doesn't matter where the server is, it is still susceptible to the same exploits.
You need to stay right on top of patches - eg to minimize the risk of exploitable vulnerabilities.

Take a look at a hardening guide - it will give you a good idea where to start:
iTeamIndiaAuthor Commented:
Kindly advise me the key areas from where hacker can attack on windows server 2003.
iTeamIndiaAuthor Commented:
also I have already this link provided by you.

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Tim HolmanCommented:
1)  Hacker scans for open ports on your server
2)  Hacker tries to attack open ports
3)  If machine is unpatched, then hacker is successful

By following the above, it makes sense to close down all unnecessary ports, and ensure patches are up to date with regards to services that use open ports.

There aren't any 'key areas' as such, as the attack footprint is very large on a general purpose server.

What is the context of this question?  What services are you going to be running?  Will it have a public IP ?

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iTeamIndiaAuthor Commented:
We are going to upgarde our network to Windows 2003 Server. I am looking for key areas where my server is compromised, so that I configure securities on that. There is 250 peoples network, which is going to be connected to 17 cities.

We have Linux gateway having public IP.

Kindly advise Any more suggestions.

Tim HolmanCommented:
You need to secure ALL areas, on not just 'key' areas.
The hardening guide is a good start.
Dmitri FarafontovLinux Systems AdminCommented:
eEye Digital Software is pretty good about it:

Use Retina Security Scanner, to check your network for vulnerabilities
Install Blink, as an Intrusion Detection System on each server
Install Secure IIS, on all of the machines with a webserver.

They should shield you from known and unknown attacks. I personally recommend it. It is not that cheap, but security is peace of mind at the end :-)
Tim HolmanCommented:
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